baggy green in check: Alyssa Healy is ready for all the challenges in the upcoming Women's Test. Image: cricket.com.au

Alyssa Healy is ready for the challenge of wicketkeeping and opening the batting in Test cricket after a wet few days in Adelaide to start the series.

Australian National Women’s Cricket Team wicketkeeper, Alyssa Healy is keen to spend time in the middle after wet weather dampened the chances of either team taking home points in the Women’s Ashes series.

After getting out cheaply in Adelaide during the first of the T20 Internationals and then having two games abandoned was hard for Healy to swallow.

“I feel like I’m in a really good place with my batting, it might not have looked that way at the crease though in the T20s,” she said.

Healy forgot her Baggy Green when she left Sydney for Adelaide to begin Australia’s Ashes campaign. A text message from her husband Mitch Starc showing her that she had left it at home led to a brief moment of panic.

But it should not be construed as a lack of enthusiasm for the format.

“Good news, the baggy green has arrived, it’s tucked up nicely in my bag that’s being shipped off to Canberra tonight.” Healy joked.

“I’m really looking forward to the test match, we’ve never had the chance to play two in one summer before so getting the opportunity is going to be exciting”

“Just quietly I’m excited about being able to play some longer-form cricket obviously the test match and then the one-dayers leading into the world cup.”

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Healy said she is keen to keep wicket and open the batting in the longest format of the game. A rarity in the format across the board in the men’s and women’s games.

Healy has opened the batting in the last two Tests she has played both against India earlier in the summer and in the last Ashes series in 2019. But Healy is adamant that she wants to do the job again, giving an insight into managing a load such as the workload of a wicket-keeper and batter having to be so physically fit and mentally tough throughout a test match.

“Opening the batting in any format is the best part although with the red ball that will be tricky,”

“It hasn’t really come up in conversation that I wouldn’t (open the batting) so I would say I’m still doing that job.”

“There’s obviously ongoing chats about workload, we make those changes on the fly but I’m always going to stick my hand up to open the batting and contribute to the team whether that be with the bat or with the gloves,”

“I want to be involved in as much as i can.”

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